Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Moolock Mt. 1.21.04

Today's goal was for Moolock Mt.( pt. 4965) which is located between Green Mt and South Bessemer Mt. I used the logging roads that leave the Middle Fork Rd. I managed to escape the house using the great milk-bone ruse. One dog is still on the mend but should be ready by next week. I managed to leave the house at the unheard of hour (for me) of 0800. The Middle Fork Rd. still has quite a bit of snow on it just before the bridge crossing the river and quite a ways past the bridge. The morning fog burned off quickly leaving a beautiful sunny and quite warm day. I felt quite sluggish at first, but when I cut through the open forest instead of staying on the road my legs loosened up. I made great time to the saddle between S. Bessemer and Moolock (2:10). I stopped to have a bite to eat and enjoy some of the finest views of the Pratt river valley and Russian Butte. I now continued on the logging road that takes you directly to Moolock. When you reach the large open pit area angle to the right where the road continues on towards Moolock. I followed this road to the base of the mountain. The slopes are somewhat steep here and I was a little leery to try these without an ice-ax. I was happy to eat my lunch and enjoy the warm sun and beautiful views. I will be sure to return to bag this peak when properly outfitted. I dropped mostly straight down and returned to the car in 1:45.

Happy 3 years TJ!

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